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High school lacrosse sticking points

High 5

Jill Carlton, Concord-Carlisle: The senior captain registered four goals and three assists in a 17-7 win over Weston.

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Amy Cunningham, Wayland: The sophomore attack scored nine times to push the Warriors to 3-0 with an18-6 win over Bedford.

Clay Goldthwait, Brookline: The freshman scored five times and dished out two helpers as the Warriors remain undefeated with a 14-8 win over Medford.

Billy Polk, Dover-Sherborn: The All-American senior midfielder scored seven goals over a pair of wins over Hopkinton and Cohasset as the Raiders remain unbeaten.

Ross Tanner, Franklin: The senior attack had five goals and three assists in an 11- 7 win over Walpole.

Mastrodonato’s Top 10 boys’ teams

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(Records through Monday, with next game listed)

1. Lincoln-Sudbury (2-0); Thursday at Xaverian

2. Medfield (2-0); Thursday at Hopkinton

3. Wellesley (2-1); Tuesday at North Andover

4. Needham (1-1); Tuesday vs. Bishop Guertin (N.H.)

5. Dover Sherborn (5-0); Thursday vs. Westwood

6. Concord-Carlisle (1-0); Thursday vs. Newton South

7. Weston (4-0); Thursday vs. Waltham

8. Newton North (1-2); Wednesday vs. Catholic Memorial

9. Acton Boxborough (2-2); Saturday vs. Framingham

10. St. John’s High (1-1); Thursday vs. Wachusett Regional

Mastrodonato’s Top 10 girls’ teams

(Records through Monday, with next game listed)

1. Lincoln-Sudbury (3-0); Thursday at Waltham

2. Needham (3-0); Thursday vs. Cold Springs Harbor (N.Y.)

3. Hopkinton (2-0); Friday at Medfield

4. Westborough (2-0); Thursday at North Middlesex

5. Framingham (1-1); April 19 vs. Winchester

6. Concord-Carlisle (2-1); Thursday vs. Bedford

7. Weston (0-1); Thursday at Wayland

8. Franklin (0-1); Friday at King Philip

9. Wayland (3-0); Thursday vs. Weston

10. Dover-Sherborn (2-1); Thursday at Westwood

Girls’ teams to watch

(Listed with final 2011 record)

1. Lincoln-Sudbury (20-3):- The Warriors are loaded with talent, and a first-game win over Westwood all but secured them the top spot and a whole lot of pressure.

2. Needham (21-3): Beth O’Brien has built a program that is not only ready to win right now, but one that should be ready to win over the next few years; Shelby Aubin (Georgetown) and Tory Waldstein (Harvard) lead the Rockets.

3. Hopkinton (18-5): The Hillers lose scoring threat Brooke Rudden to graduation, but with senior captain Tamara Mills and Boston College-bound junior Tess Chandler back, a repeat Division 2 title is within reach.

4. Westborough (19-3): Coach Colleen Debish has been forced to watch her squad lose in the Division 1 state semifinals in four consecutive years; an even more challenging out-of-conference schedule could fix that.

5. Framingham (12-9-1): Even during a down year last spring, no one wanted to play Stacey Freda’s young, explosive squad, and with New Haven commit Maya Szymanski back at midfield, the Flyers should have a potent offense.

6. Concord-Carlisle (16-4): The Patriots return an athletic team while senior goalie Greta White provides stability on the defensive unit.

7. Weston (15-4-1): Chrissy Muller has made quite the impression in her first two years as head coach, and with Vanderbilt-bound senior Emma Dagres at midfield, the Wildcats should make a run at the D2 North.

8. Franklin (17-4): The Panthers are young, but extremely quick, and with the most true lacrosse players Chris Schmidt has seen during his coaching tenure, Franklin could surprise.

9. Wayland (11-8-1): There’s little doubt the Warriors can score goals, but sound defense will be a must for them to compete with the area’s best.

10. Dover-Sherborn (11-9-1): The Raiders were one goal away from advancing to the D2 South semifinals a year ago and should be equally as talented in 2012.

Girls’ Players to Watch

Tess Chandler, Hopkinton: The BC-bound junior midfielder will draw every team’s best defender, but she showed during the tournament last year that it hardly mattered, and the Hillers will be tough to beat if Chandler isn’t contained.

Amy Cunningham, Wayland: The speedy attacker was the only starting freshman on last year’s roster and has already added another nine-goal game to her resume this spring.

Bridget Doherty, Franklin: Few coaches will keen on in Doherty, the Panthers’ senior captain, but she’s surprisingly athletic and has entered the season in top form, posing another scoring threat for Franklin’s attacking unit.

Annie O’Connor, Needham: She started between the pipes as a freshman last season and has only gotten better with experience and confidence; she’ll play more of a role in the attack this season too.

Kristin Wilder, Framingham: Everyone knows about her junior sister, Kaitlin, but Kristen, a freshman, could provide some finesse to the Flyers’ potent offense.

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